Phaptawan Suwannakudt: Turtles, a Fish, and Ghosts…

July 5th to July 27th 2002

Turtles, a Fish, and Ghosts... is a solo exhibition featuring works by artist Phaptawan Suwannakudt.

Artist’s Statement:

I have worked on mural projects in temples and other public spaces during the fifteen years before I moved to Australia in 1996.  My works had largely been involved with Buddhist themes such as the Life of the Buddha or the Narratives of Buddha’s Previous Lives.  Now I live and work in Australia, my works have changed accordingly.  They involve more of my own experience and personal life.

The work is the exhibition Turtles, a Fish and Ghosts… are from 1999-2002.  They include earlier work about the lives of the Buddha in which I chose to work on a six-panel screen instead of on the wall.

The other works are later and reflect my experience in Australia.  The four sets of triptychs, Earth, Wind, Water, and Fire depict my reaction to Australian scenes through the interpretation of Thai pictorial elements.  The division of subject matter in these works is as if we are looking out through the window from the inside of a temple.  This view comes from my habit of looking out at things when I had to work mural paintings around the door and window space on the temple wall.

Another group of works from the same period reflects on my life in the past, recorded as a memory flash-back.  One pair of paintings is about my brother’s ordination which took place not long before moving to Australia.  The other pair records my experience at nine years of age when I was mesmerized by a grand Buddhist ceremony in a Thai temple, with monks chanting for days and nights over rows of hundreds and thousands of newly cast Buddha statues.

The exhibition Turtles, a Fish and Ghosts… shows the transition of my work when moving into another country, as well as sees the possibility of using skill in narrative painting for a new and different way of looking.


Acknowledgements

This project has been assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Thanks also go to Sherman Galleries, Roslyn Oxley Gallery, Robert Lindsay Gallery, Span Galleries and Gallery 4A.

Phaptawan Suwannakudt is represented by Span Galleries, Melbourne.

EDGE OF ELSEWHERE, SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2012

14 JANUARY – 3 MARCH 2012

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
14 January – 3 March 2012

Campbelltown Arts Centre
14 January – 18 March 2012

In the final instalment of Edge of Elsewhere, leading international and Australian artists have been commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art to produce new work in partnership with Sydney’s communities. For the past three years, thirteen artists from across Asia, Australia, and the Pacific have developed significant projects that challenge how we think about contemporary community-engaged practice. Edge of Elsewhere in 2012 includes Brook Andrew, Arahmaiani, Richard Bell, Dacchi Dang, Newell Harry, FX Harsono, Shigeyuki Kihara, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Lisa Reihana, Khaled Sabsabi, Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Michel Tuffery and YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES.

Edge of Elsewhere is co-curated by Dr Thomas Berghuis, Lisa Havilah, and Aaron Seeto, and will be presented across two venues Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

For further information on the Edge of Elsewhere projects, visit our blog edgeofelsewhere.wordpress.com

 

 

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Edge of Elsewhere is produced by Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and supported by the Australia Council for the Arts Visual Arts Board and Community Partnerships, and the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

EDGE OF ELSEWHERE

SYDNEY. 15 JANUARY- 12 MARCH 2011.

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
15 January – 12 March 2011

Campbelltown Arts Centre
15 January – 17 April 2011

Edge of Elsewhere is a major three-year project that was launched in January 2010 as a partnership between 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Campbelltown Arts Centre.

The project brings together 13 contemporary artists from Australia, Asia and the Pacific who have each chosen to collaborate with a different local community in the Greater Sydney region in order to create their work including Brook Andrew, Arahmaiani, Richard Bell, Dacchi Dang, Newell Harry, FX Harsono, Shigeyuki Kihara, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Lisa Reihana, Khaled Sabsabi, Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Michel Tuffery, and YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES.

Edge of Elsewhere is co-curated by Dr Thomas J. Berghuis, Lisa Havilah, and Aaron Seeto, and was presented across two venues Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

For further information on the Edge of Elsewhere projects, visit our blog edgeofelsewhere.wordpress.com

 

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Edge of Elsewhere is produced by Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and supported by the Australia Council for the Arts Visual Arts Board and Community Partnerships, and the NSW Government through Arts NSW.